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G.M. Moves to Join Chrysler in Bankruptcy Court

General Motors' creditors rejected company stock this morning as a form of debt payment, making a GM bankruptcy filing almost certain. Meanwhile, Chrysler is asking a bankruptcy judge this morning for permission to sell the bulk of its assets to a group headed by Fiat. Micheline Maynard, Senior Business Correspondent for The New York Times comments.

Judge Sotomayor

A former law clerk and self-described conservative who's known Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for 13 years responds to criticism of Sotomayor's intellect and temperament. We speak with Gerard Magliocca, law professor at Indiana University, who writes about Sotomayor in an op-ed piece in today's New York Times.

Future of Work

What will the jobs of the future in the U.S. be like? According to a series of articles in Time Magazine, there may not be cubicles and receptionists, jobs will migrate to Florida, Texas and Arizona and US manufacturing will rise — but we won't be making cars, we'll be making higher tech devices like heart valves. We speak with Stephen Gandel a senior writer at Time Magazine.

Burmese Democracy Leader on Trail

Members of the National League for Democracy, led by Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, release birds as a gesture of freedom for Suu Kyi during a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of election victory, which the junta has never recognized, in Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 27, 2009. (AP)
Members of the National League for Democracy, led by Myanmar's detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, release birds as a gesture of freedom for Suu Kyi during a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of election victory, which the junta has never recognized, in Yangon, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 27, 2009. (AP)

The trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, head of the opposition political party in Burma is now in its 8th day. She's accused of violating the terms of her long-time house arrest after a bizarre incident--American John Yettaw swam across a lake, un-invited, to intrude on her home. If convicted, Suu Kyi, who has spent 13 of the last 19 years in detention, could face 5 years in prison. What motivated the American John Yettaw and why is the Burmese military junta so afraid of Aung San Suu Kyi? We'll speak with Tin Thar Shwe, head of the BBC's Burmese Service.

From Cages to Conservation

In part two of our examination of the role of zoo's in modern society, producers Diane Toomey and Christina Russo focus in on one of the primary attractions at zoos - elephants. Toomey reports that animal rights proponents complain that elephants are too large to lead decent lives in zoos, and while some zoos have either shut down or are phasing out their elephant exhibits, other zoo officials maintain that most elephants are well cared for, and are excellent conservation ambassadors.

Enlighten Up!

When filmmaker Kate Churchill set out to make a film about the possible spiritual benefits of yoga, she decided to recruit Nick Rosen, a novice to the discipline as a guinea pig. For six months Nick goes to yoga studios from New York City to Hawaii and eventually to India, chronicled by Kate's ever-present camera. We speak to both Kate Churchill and Nick Rosen about the resulting documentary, "Enlighten Up!".

Music from the show

  • Sam Bisbee, “You are Here” from the film “Enlighten Up!”
  • Four Tet, "Unspoken"
  • Modest Mouse, "The Cold Part" 

This program aired on May 27, 2009.

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